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  • Treasury Department approves A123 sale to Chinese firm despite security concerns

    01/29/2013 12:11:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/29/13 | FoxNews
    The U.S. government has approved the sale of U.S. taxpayer-backed A123 Systems to a Chinese company, despite security and economic concerns about sensitive technology changing hands. A representative with A123 Systems confirmed Tuesday to FoxNews.com that Wanxiang America Corp. has gotten approval from a Treasury Department agency to take over "substantially all" of the non-government business assets of the lithium ion battery manufacturer. "We're pleased the government has completed its review and provided us with the go-ahead to finalize this transaction," Pin Ni, president of Wanxiang America, said in a written statement. A representative with the Treasury Department's Committee on...
  • Study: 37 Percent of Employed College Graduates Didn’t Even Need Their Education

    01/29/2013 12:03:09 PM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2:55 AM 01/29/2013 | Robby Soave
    With record numbers of college graduates underemployed in jobs that don’t actually require degrees, economists are joking that even aspiring janitors may soon have to get master’s degrees to compete for jobs. A study released Monday by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity found that 37 percent of employed graduates didn’t need to attend college at all to successfully perform their current jobs. The study was co-authored by Dr. Richard Vedder, an economics professor at Ohio University and director of CCAP; Jonathan Robe, a CCAP researcher; and Christopher Denhart, an economics student at the university. “Just as a bachelor’s...
  • Marco Rubio Evolved on Immigration Reform

    01/29/2013 11:57:32 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Tuesday January 29, 2013
    Arizona Sen. John McCain partnered with liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy in 2005 to offer illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, then allied with border security hardliners during a tough 2010 Republican primary. "Complete the danged fence," McCain cracked in a widely publicized television spot. Less well known is the equally dramatic pivot by Marco Rubio, from 2010 candidate who dismissed McCain’s proposal as “amnesty,” to U.S. senator who on Monday championed reforms McCain said had “very little difference” from his previous plan, which became the blueprint for failed legislation in 2006 and 2007. During a March 28, 2010 Fox News...
  • News in Brief: Gene variant makes flu particularly dangerous

    01/29/2013 11:57:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Science News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    People with one form of IFITM3 more likely to develop pneumonia Chinese people carrying a particular version of an immune system gene are up to six times more likely to develop severe influenza than those lacking the variant. In a previous study involving mostly people of European descent, scientists found that a few individuals carried a particular form of a gene known as IFITM3 and got hit especially hard by the flu. In China, the variant is much more common...
  • 'Shotgunner' Obama Hates Camp David (because it has no golf course)

    01/29/2013 11:54:03 AM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Washingtion Examiner ^ | Modified: January 29, 2013 at 11:55 am | Washington Secrets
    Did anyone else raise an eyebrow when President Obama over the weekend told The New Republic that he likes to shoot skeet at Camp David? "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he told the magazine. His comments seemed remarkable for two reasons: His fondness for shotguns has never been revealed before. But his disdain for Camp David has. "He hates it," said New York Times White House reporter Helene Cooper last May on the Chris Matthews show. "Obama doesn't like going there," she added. The reason: It doesn't have a golf course,...
  • Kroger Gun Stunt Sparks 2nd Amendment Debate

    01/29/2013 11:46:30 AM PST · by 1912comeback · 71 replies
    NBC28 ^ | 1/28/2013 | Amy Vu
    Charlottesville police say the man who showed up at a Kroger grocery store with a loaded gun wanted to make a point. On Sunday, an unidentified 22-year-old man carried a loaded AR-15 into the Kroger store on Emmet Street and Hydraulic Road, sparking not only a scare for customers and employees but also a 2nd Amendment debate.
  • What's Next for Sarah Palin After the Break With Fox News?

    01/29/2013 11:46:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Shushannah Walshe
    Sarah Palin's break up with Fox News should not have been, well, breaking news, as she had publicly complained in August on Facebook that the network had canceled her appearances at the Republican National Convention. And going back even further, Palin didn't give Fox the scoop in October 2011 when she announced she wasn't going to run for president. Still, the news of the Fox split overtook Twitter and the news cycle by storm. One thing I've learned in my years covering Palin, which began on Aug. 29, 2008, when Sen. John McCain stunned the country by selecting her as...
  • Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan

    01/29/2013 11:42:36 AM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | January 28, 2013 at 10:38pm ES | Chris Geidner
    — Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the White House plan. A Democratic source said: "Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal." A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles. The decision by Obama seeks to remedy what advocates for same-sex couples view as one of the most searing...
  • [It's] The End of the University as We Know It

    01/29/2013 11:41:33 AM PST · by Jeff Winston · 42 replies
    The American Interest ^ | January 2013 | Nathan Harden
    In fifty years, if not much sooner, half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist. The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it. The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.
  • Marco Rubio wins big praise from Rush Limbaugh

    01/29/2013 11:28:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Marco Rubio wins big praise from Rush Limbaugh By: Kevin Cirilli January 29, 2013 01:55 PM EST Sen. Marco Rubio went into Rush Limbaugh’s lion’s den on Tuesday and came out with a rousing praise and support from the conservative radio show host for the Florida Republican’s effort to reform the country’s immigration system. “What you are doing is admirable and noteworthy. You are recognizing reality. You are trumpeting it. You are shouting it,” Limbaugh said on his radio program during a 15-minute phone interview with Rubio. “My concern is the president wants to change the reality.” Limbaugh added: “You’re...
  • Texas oil output hits highest level in two decades

    01/29/2013 11:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    Texas oil production rose by almost 100 million barrels in 2012 over the previous year, to the highest level in two decades. It was the fifth consecutive year with an increase. Despite a drop in oil prices last spring, economist Karr Ingham predicts production will rise again in 2013. Ingham offered a look at the state’s energy industry Monday as he presented the Texas Petro Index, the snapshot he developed to track trends for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers almost 10 years ago. The 3,300-member alliance receives monthly updates from Ingham, covering rig counts, drilling permits, well completions, industry...
  • Teachers will be sacked and children will be indoctrinated if gay ‘marriage’ bill goes through

    01/29/2013 11:20:21 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Monday January 28, 2013 19:54 EST | Peter Saunders
    January 28, 2013 (Pjsaunders) - The Daily Telegraph carried a front-page story this week saying that the Government is ‘powerless’ to stop teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage. It quotes a senior source at the Department for Education admitting that the UK is not ‘in control’ and that European judges will have the final say. We knew that teachers were under threat, but now we know the Government secretly thinks so too. The Coalition for Marriage (C4M) recently published a legal opinion from leading QC Aidan O’Neill (summary here) confirming that one of the major impacts...
  • Rubio Shockingly Convinced Rush Limbaugh That His Immigration Plan Was 'Admirable And Noteworthy'

    01/29/2013 11:20:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/29/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio — one of the bipartisan group of eight Senators proposing an overhaul of the nation's immigration system — managed to make a believer of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show Monday, Limbaugh dismissed the plan as blanket amnesty and said it was "up to me and Fox News" to stop it. But Limbaugh took a different tone on Tuesday when speaking with Rubio directly. Limbaugh opened the segment by asking Rubio, "Why are we doing this now?" "The key is this was going to be an issue," Rubio said. "I thought it was...
  • Paul Krugman: Yes, We Have To Fix The Deficit Eventually–But Not Now

    01/29/2013 11:12:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Daily Ticker ^ | 01/29/2013 | Henry Blodget
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has argued clearly and consistently over the past five years that U.S. government spending is critical to our economic recovery and that cutting spending now to reduce the deficit would be a disastrous mistake. For taking this position, Krugman has been castigated by those who blame the depression on fiscal irresponsibility and runaway government spending. The way to fix the economy, those folks argue, is to immediately slash government spending, reduce the deficit, and restore "confidence" among the country's business leaders. In the early years of the recovery, there was widespread support for the latter...
  • Conservative Hispanic group tells GOP to avoid ‘amnesty’ label

    01/29/2013 11:11:39 AM PST · by posterchild · 22 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Liz Goodwin
    A conservative pro-immigration reform group has issued talking points to Republican lawmakers, telling them to avoid referring to the children of illegal immigrants as "anchor babies" or calling for the construction of an "electric fence" on the border, among other things. The talking points, published by BuzzFeed, went out to Republican lawmakers on the Hill as momentum builds for an immigration bill that would legalize most of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants. The memo urges lawmakers to call illegal immigrants "undocumented immigrants" and to avoid terms such as "aliens" or "illegals." Another phrase to avoid? "Send them all back."...
  • Cats Killing Billions of Animals In The US (your tax dollars at work)

    01/29/2013 11:04:19 AM PST · by drewh · 88 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 January 2013 Last updated at 11:25 ET | By Rebecca Morelle
    <p>Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests.</p> <p>The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually.</p>
  • Update: Obama claim on background checks moved from ‘verdict pending' to 2 Pinocchios

    01/29/2013 10:55:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/25/2013 | Glenn Kessler
    “The law already requires licensed gun dealers to run background checks, and over the last 14 years that’s kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. But it’s hard to enforce that law when as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” — President Obama, remarks on gun violence, Jan. 16, 2013 “Studies estimate that nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are made by private sellers who are exempt from this requirement.” — “Now Is the Time: The president’s plan to protect our children and our...
  • Sunstein: Obama Wants 'Second Bill of Rights' (modeled after 1944 FDR State of the Union speech)

    01/29/2013 10:48:42 AM PST · by drewh · 65 replies
    Big Government ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | by Breitbart News
    Former Obama administration regulatory czar Cass Sunstein has published an op-ed: that the president wants a "second Bill of Rights" alongside the existing one. Sunstein located the source of Obama's inspiration in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1944 State of the Union address, rather than the South African constitution--though the American academics whose writings inspired South Africa's ambitious Bill of Rights could well have taken Roosevelt's proposals as their foundation. Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights--not a list of constitutional amendments, but policy goals--was as follows: In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak,...
  • Jewish Students Threatened at UC Davis

    01/29/2013 10:48:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Front Page ^ | 1/29/13 | Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
    Editor’s note: The following is the text of a letter written by Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founders of the AMCHA Initiative, to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi regarding the university’s silence and inaction in the face of anti-Jewish hostility during a recent student protest. As you know, we are faculty members at the University of California, who have been investigating and documenting anti-Jewish bigotry on California public university campuses for the last several years. We are writing to you now to express our serious concern regarding an incident that occurred during a student protest on November 19, 2012, during...
  • CNN Cuts James Carville & Mary Matalin: Report

    01/29/2013 10:45:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Deadline ^ | 1/29/13 | DOMINIC PATTEN
    Things are moving fast and furiously at Jeff Zucker’s CNN. Longtime political contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the news network, Politico reports.